Category: Massage

Back in Brooklyn

When last I wrote, I was leaving for my honeymoon road trip. Two plane rides, over 4,100 car miles, 8 National Parks, several hot springs, and many visits with dear friends and family later, I am back in Brooklyn. I would be lying if I said I didn’t miss this: Or this: Or everything in between. But I am grateful…

Taking a Break

As of this coming Saturday, I will be on vacation for three weeks. My honey and I will be road tripping around the stunning southwest, restoring and rejuvenating. There’s lots of self-care planned in the form of hot springs, massages, and basking in the glow of nature so pretty I’m not sure how I’ll ever wrap my head around it.…

Acupressure for Labor

A recent study in the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health¬†found that acupressure to LI-4 (a powerful point on the large intestine meridian) applied for the duration of each contraction at the beginning of active labor decreased labor pain immediately and up to two hours afterwards, and reduced the duration of overall labor. I’ve only read the abstract (and the…

Sacred Studio

I spent a good bit of this morning drafting a guest blog post for Sacred Studio, the yoga and movement studio where I have taken classes since they opened just over a year ago, growing my own little yoga and movement practice alongside the studio, and where I have recently started to practice massage. The draft rapidly devolved into a…

Allergy Massage Revisited

As mentioned in my last post, I recently had the opportunity to study Tui Na with Jeffrey Yuen, an amazing teacher and practitioner of Chinese medicine. Tui Na originated as its own system of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), separate from acupuncture, herbalism, or other types of medicine, though it is now frequently used in tandem with these modalities. Traditionally, Tui…

Allergy Massage

Spring has sprung! I’ve been sleeping with open windows, waking up to the early morning chirping of birds, lacy sunlight streaming through newly flowering and leafy trees, and, unfortunately, to a little bit of congestion and an unpleasant tickle in the back of my throat. New plants have risen, and with them, much dreaded pollen counts. It’s time for allergy…

Massage for Kindness

I had a last minute client the other day. She called first thing in the morning, and the only time I could squeeze her in was soon after the call. She said she’d hang up and be right there. When I asked what she wanted to work on during our time together, she said that she was in need of…